(WLTX) - When you add Gamecock love to Justin Beiber fever it equals some very excited students in 8th grade math teacher Lauren Still's class.
"Generally they don't go together but I think I do a pretty good job of bringing them together," Still says. "I just can't help it because I think he's kind of awesome."
And if you ask Ms. Still's students at Dutch Fork Middle, they'll tell you they think she's pretty cool too.
"She's the best teacher ever and she knows how to treat kids," one of them says.
This is all I've ever wanted to do...I knew I wanted to teach," Still says.
At first glance, you might have a hard time telling the difference between her and the students. She's only been teaching for three years but there's no doubt about it, this Carolina grad is in charge.
Her teaching style is unique. "I'll do anything I can to make sure they understand it," she says. "I'll present information in a different way and it helps that I get to know them on a personal level I want to know how you're doing, what is your favorite color, that way we can talk about something."
So this is the formula for success in Ms. Still's class: humor plus dedication minus boredom equals learning on another level.
"When you see that 'I got it' moment, especially with math, a lot of students don't like math, have a bad attitude toward math, and so when they're working on something and they get really excited they have more confidence in answering questions."
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